Art Market

10 In-Demand Works on Artsy This Week: November 23, 2020

In this weekly series, Artsy’s Curatorial and Editorial teams offer a look at the artworks that are currently gaining traction among collectors on Artsy. Looking at our internal data, we share a selection of works that Artsy members are engaging with through inquiries, bids, page views, and saves. The following pieces are culled from recent online auctions and art fairs hosted on Artsy, as well as exhibitions and works added by our gallery partners.

Zanele Muholi, Vumani II, Boston (2019)

Uploaded ahead of the first major museum survey of their work at Tate Modern, this piece by South African photographer Zanele Muholi has received an impressive number of inquiries. This portrait is a perfect example of how Muholi captures South Africa’s LGBTQ+ community with strength, dignity, and pride, combatting pervasive stigma in the region.

Helen Frankenthaler, Nepenthe (1972)

Helen Frankenthaler
Nepenthe, 1972
Artsy x Capsule Auctions
This Helen Frankenthaler etching is currently available as part of the Artsy x Capsule Auctions “Collectible Gifts” sale and has already received a number of bids surpassing its high estimate. Hand-selected by Artsy, the sale includes a curated selection of potential gifts for the discerning collector and closes on December 2nd.

Stanley Whitney, Untitled (2006)

This painting by the long-overlooked abstract painter Stanley Whitney has attracted major interest in the short time since it was first uploaded to Artsy on November 11th by the New York gallery Marc Jancou. Whitney’s works were recently exhibited at West Bund Art and Design, as part of Longlati Foundation’s inaugural show “Call and Response.”

Joana Choumali, The healers (2020)

Previously exhibited as part of the contemporary African art fair 1-54, Ivorian artist Joana Choumali’s The healers has received interest over the past week from collectors on Artsy. The work was also featured as part of a recent Artsy profile on Choumali.

Annie Leibovitz, SUMO (2014)

Annie Leibovitz
SUMO, 2014
Foundation for The AIDS Monument Benefit Auction
Part of Foundation for the AIDS Monument’s “Photo20” benefit auction, this iconic Annie Leibovitz print featuring has, perhaps unsurprisingly, met its estimate after an immediate flurry of bids. Part of a massive edition of 9,000 prints, similar versions of this photograph have previously sold for figues between $9,000 and over $90,000.

Banksy, Tesco Value Petrol Bomb (2011)

Tesco Value Petrol Bomb
Tate Ward Auctions
A print of Banksy’s Tesco Value Petrol Bomb from an edition of 2,000 has racked up a whopping number of bids, putting it well past three times its high estimate. Part of Tate Ward’s “By Collectors For Collectors” sale, bidding on this work closes on Tuesday, November 24th.

Futura, Venus (2020)

Currently part of Eric Firestone Gallery’s inaugural exhibition at its new ground floor Manhattan space, this work by the legendary street artist Futura is one of 20 new paintings that continue his exploration of negative space and unprimed canvas. The painting has received a significant amount of attention since being uploaded on November 14th.

Mehdi Ghadyanloo, The Invention of Solitude (2020)

This hyper realistic painting by Iranian artist Mehdi Ghadyanloo was uploaded by the gallery Dastan’s Basement as part of Shanghai’s Art021 art fair. The fair opened as part of Shanghai Art Week, the first major in-person art week to take place with a large real-life component since COVID-19 reached pandemic proportions.

Ana Benaroya, Untitled (2020)

Interest in Ana Benaroya’s psychedelic wheel has been steady since being uploaded to Artsy on September 25th by the Milan gallery Antonio Colombo. The work is part of the gallery’s current group exhibition, “Traguardo Volante. Columbus and Cinelli: art and bicycle,” which surveys bicycles in art. Benaroya’s drawing Blue for You (2020) was an in-demand work last month.

Alexander Calder, Composition (1969)

Excitement around this Alexander Calder lithograph drove bids well above the work’s high estimate early on in Rago Auctions’s “Prints + Multiples” sale. The print ultimately sold squarely at four times its high estimate.
Beatrice Sapsford
Shannon Lee is Artsy’s Associate Editor.
Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Stanley Whitney would be receiving his first major museum exhibition in China at Shanghai’s recently founded Longlati Foundation in 2021. In fact, Whitney's works were presented in the joint exhibition “Call and Response,” on view at West Bund Art and Design through November 15th in Shanghai. Whitney’s works will not be on view at Longlati Foundation in 2021. The article has been updated to reflect this.